Sports  October 23, 2014
Williams a 'talented' mercenary, says ex-Blacks coach
New ZealandFormer All Blacks coach Laurie Mains on Thursday labelled code-hopping rugby star Sonny Bill Williams a mercenary, albeit a supremely talented one.Williams, 29, is beginning his second stint with the All Blacks after spending two seasons playing rugby league in Australia and has been slotted straight back into the squad for next month's northern he...  Full Story
NHL game postponed after Ottawa shooting
In this file photo, the Ottawa Senators players salute the crowd after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 12, 2014The National Hockey League game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed following the fatal shooting of a soldier in the Canadian capital."The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed," the NHL said...  Full Story
Royals rip Giants, pull even in baseball World Series
Omar Infante (C) of the Kansas City Royals returns to the dugout during Game Two of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 22, 2014A five-run outburst that nearly sparked a melee powered Kansas City over the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday as the Royals pulled level in the 110th World Series.By breaking open an even game in the sixth inning, the Royals deadlocked Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final at 1-1 as the scene shifts to San Francisco for games three through ...  Full Story
Tour de France champ Nibali unconcerned by Astana doping problems
Tour de France 2014Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year.In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another Kazakh, returning an adver...  Full Story
'Flash' cuts no dash with England boss
Stuart Lancaster, head coach of the English rugby team, attends the teamConsistency rather than a fondness for the "flash stuff" has been the guiding principle behind England coach Stuart Lancaster's selections at fly-half for next month's internationals at Twickehham.Regular first-choice Owen Farrell, England's lead goalkicker when fit, as well as George Ford and Stephen Myler are the three men who will vie for the No...  Full Story
UEFA ponder fresh crowd restrictions after Moscow row
Players pose before a UEFA anti-racism banner in the empty Khimki Arena before a football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City in Moscow on October 21, 2014European football chiefs are considering tightening crowd restrictions after fans apparently made it into CSKA Moscow's 'behind closed doors' Champions League fixture against Manchester City on Tuesday.Up to 300 people apparently supporting CSKA were in the stadium even though spectators had been banned as punishment for racist incidents involving ...  Full Story
Real make Liverpool suffer, Wenger gets dramatic birthday gift
LiverpoolReal Madrid handed Liverpool a 3-0 Champions League reality check Wednesday as Arsenal struck twice at the death in a 2-1 win at Anderlecht to mark manager Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday in style.At Anfield, Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 70th Champions League goal -- one short of the all-time record 71 held by Raul -- and his 20th of the season with Kar...  Full Story
Federer, Nadal race through in Basel
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a ball to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France during the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament on October 22, 2014 in BaselTop seeds Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal raced through their Swiss Indoors assignments on Wednesday, spending under an hour each on court and dropping just five games between them.Federer, chasing a sixth title on his home court, defeated Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-1 in the first round, pounding down a ninth ace for three match points and co...  Full Story